Katarina & Kveta Conquer Eastbourne
Published June 18, 2011 04:49
Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik's superb year continued this week, as they picked up their third title of 2011 in Eastbourne, tying them with Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova for the WTA lead.
The top-seeded Peschke and Srebotnik had few problems with Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in Saturday's final, beating the second-seeded Americans, 63 60. It was a measure of revenge of sorts for Peschke and Srebotnik, as they had two match points before falling short in last year's Eastbourne final to Raymond and Rennae Stubbs.
"It was weird to play semifinals and finals in the same day, and we're very happy to win them both," said Srebotnik, who now has 26 career doubles titles, five of them with Peschke. "Actually the whole week here wasn't easy to play because of the windy and rainy conditions, but we dealt with it well. We're delighted to get another title under our belt, especially going into Wimbledon."
"We played some good matches here so I hope we'll have a good tournament at Wimbledon," said Peschke, who now has 19 career doubles titles. "It was great preparation. I hope we go far."
In addition to their Eastbourne title, Peschke and Srebotnik have been victorious this year in Auckland and Doha. The leaders in the Race to the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2011 standings also have three runner-up showings and three semifinal showings. In their one previous appearance at Wimbledon together, they were quarterfinalists last year.
Also Saturday, No.4 seeds Zahlavova Strycova and Klara Zakopalova edged Dominika Cibulkova and Flavia Pennetta in the 's-Hertogenbosch final, 16 64 107. It was the Czechs' first title together in just their second event. It was Zahlavova Strycova's WTA-leading fourth doubles title this year and 14th of her career and Zakopalova's first of her career.